UC Davis is one of the world's leading cross-disciplinary research and teaching institutions. Our research expands to all levels of interest and there are so many other programs, research labs, and groups that are committed to bringing research and science-based knowledge to all.
The California Master Beekeeper Program (CAMBP) was established in 2016 in response to the ever-increasing numbers of California beekeepers. The program uses science based information to educate stewards and ambassadors for honey bees and beekeeping. Join the CAMBP Newsletter: HERE
The Bee Haven is a unique pollinator garden where visitors can observe and learn about bees and the plants that support them. The garden is open year-round, from dawn to dusk, and also offers docent-guided tours upon request.
At the Honey and Pollination Center, honey bees, pollination, honey, and mead are the central focus of a multitude of educational events and learning opportunities, designed to build awareness around pollination, protection of honey bees, and the many way we can use honey to improve our lives. "Helping UC Davis to become the world's leading authority on honey bee health, pollination, and honey" is what they do best! Join their newsletter: HERE
The Williams Lab addresses basic questions about bee ecology, evolution, and behavior. They explore the intricacies of pollinator-floral interactions from animal and plant perspectives. The research projects seek to understand the persistence of pollinator populations, pollinator and plant communities, and pollination in the context of global change and creating a sustainable future.
The Johnson lab studies the genetics, behavior, evolution, and health of honey bees. Current work in the lab focuses on the evolution and genetic basis of social behavior using comparative and functional genomics, task allocation using behavioral and theoretical approaches, and honey bee health using a combination of genetics, epidemiology, and physiological approaches.
The California Center for Urban Horticulture (CCUH) is located at the University of California, Davis to help Californians develop more water-conserving, pest-resistant and disease-resistant home gardens, create environmentally sound public landscapes and parks, produce better plant materials for sustainable urban landscapes, and to address the state's growing water demands to improve the quality of urban life.
Beekeeper Clubs & Associations
Joining a beekeeping club or association is a great way to learn more about bees and beekeeping, providing a channel through which members can help each other. Find your local beekeeping group with California State Beekeeper's Association list: HERE
Are you a beekeeper looking for a veterinarian? The HBVC is made up of students and professionals from all segments of veterinary medicine and animal science who care about bees and beekeeping. Search for a veterinarian in their directory: HERE.
Honey bee and veterinary medical experts at UC Davis and Oregon State University (OSU) have created an on-line biology course aimed at training veterinarians in their new role in supporting beekeepers and maintaining the health of bee colonies. This course has been RACE certified and will be available for registration in the near future at http://www.wifss.ucdavis.edu/beevets/.
Located at the University of California Riverside, CIBER conducts research to safeguard bees and their pollinating services to secure human food production and ecosystem stability. Their activities connect landscape-level processes with organismal-level interactions and molecular mechanisms to develop tools to identify, quantify, and manage threats to bees and their pollination services.
This project is a collaboration of group of scientists from across the nation doing research to explore the relationships between bees, environmental horticulture plants, and pesticides. Their research is primarily targeted towards helping environmental horticulture growers, but our activities also produce valuable resources for home gardeners or anyone interested in the interplay between bees, plants, and pesticides.
Beescape.org hosts an evolving set of GIS-based tools for beekeepers, growers and land managers to evaluate the habitat quality of their landscapes for bees and predict colony stress over seasons. These tools were created using datasets contributed by beekeepers, as well as other academic and national data sources. Contribute to BeeScape with this survey: HERE
The mission of the Invasive Species and Pollinator Health Research Unit is to develop and transfer integrated, biologically based approaches for the management of pests and the improvement of pollination services.
- California Master Beekeeper Program
- UC Davis Bee Haven
- Entomology Department Blog: Bug Squad
- Bohart Museum of Entomology
- California State Beekeepers Association
- Bee Culture Magazine
- American Bee Journal
- American Mead Makers Association
- American Beekeeping Federation
- National Honey Board
- Bee Informed Partnership
- UC Davis Arboretum
- World Food Center